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Dr Aya Nassar

Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography216+44 (0) 191 33 41887
Assistant Professor of Economy and Culture216+44 (0) 191 33 41887
Assistant Professor of Geographies of Life216+44 (0) 191 33 41887


I am interested in elemental geography, the materiality of cities, memory, infrastructure, fragments of space and storytelling the politics of the postcolony. More recently, these interests revolve around geopoetics, aesthetics, ruination and attachements to postcolonial sovereignty. 

I hold a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick. So far, my research has focused primarily on Cairo and, sometimes, Coventry. Methodologically, I work with archives, and I am interested in the city as archive as well living with incomplete and truncated research. I am also interested in autoethnography, narrative writing and storytelling.


Authored book

  • Nieuwenhuis, Marijn, Nassar, Aya & Leach, Carol (2019). Spon End: A Local Guide. Independent Publishing Network.

Book review

  • Nassar, Aya (2021). Yahia Shawkat 2020: Egypt's Housing Crisis: The Shaping of Urban Space. Cairo/New York: The American University in Cairo Press. IJURR
  • Nassar, Aya (2020). Social Housing in the Middle East: Architecture, Urban Development, and Transnational Modernity. International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES) 52(3): 603-604.
  • Nassar, Aya (2020). Endurance in the city victorious (Book review forum: Improvised Lives: Rhythms of Endurance in an Urban South). Dialogues in Human Geography 10(1): 78-80.
  • Nassar, Aya (2017). Amale Andraos, Nora Akawi and Caitlin Blanchfield (eds.) 2016: The Arab City: Architecture and Representation New York: Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, Columbia University Press. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 41(2): 376-378.
  • Nassar, Aya (2017). Spatial Politics of the Sculptural: Art, Capitalism and Urban Space, Euyoung Hong, Rowman & Littlefield International, London and New York (2016), III and 187 pp. $41.95 paperback. ISBN 978-1-78348-760-8. Emotion, Space and Society 24: 23-24.

Journal Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Nieuwenhuis, Marijn & Nassar,Aya (2018). (Porous cities: Coventry through 1O Holes). (4).
  • Nassar, Aya (2018). Establishing a Niche for Urban Rights: Activism, Urbanism, and the City.
  • Nassar, Aya (2017). To Walk the World: Reflections on Not Attending the International Studies Association Convention.
  • Nassar, Aya (2017). City Politics: Walking, Bodies and Space. 1(2): 7-9.
  • Nassar, Aya (2011). The symbolism of Tahrir Square (In Arabic with an English translation).